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Cap Kids must be accompanied by an adult parent or guardian.
"Camp Orkila is an experience
that every child should have"
The YMCA of Greater Seattle set up its first permanent camping home in 1906 on Orcas Island, starting what would later be named Camp Orkila. While its facilities and staff might look a little differently than they used to, its dedication to strengthening the community has continued to grow. Rooted in nurturing the potential of youth, promoting healthy living, and fostering social responsibility, these same goals still drive the Y staff every day at Camp Orkila.
Camp Orkila's main property is situated on the northwest shoulder of Orcas Island and is approximately 280 acres in size.
This property includes many cabins for campers to sleep in, as well as two lodges for eating, two campfire pits, low and high ropes team-building courses, a junior-Olympic sized pool, a Marine Salmon Center (often called the MSC), a zip-line, a barn, a garden, and many other program areas allowing for a wide range of activities and specialty camps throughout the summer.
Cabins were formerly open-air, however, doors were added for the summer of 2017. While cabins make up the majority of the living space on the property, there are many staff-specific living spaces, as well as the Dederer Conference Center, located near the entrance to camp which serves as director housing during the summer, and is used for guest housing as well as staff housing during the spring and fall seasons.
The YMCA also owns Satellite Island as well as a 10.5-acre property in Moran State Park known as Twin Lakes. Satellite Is used by both traditional campers for one-night island trips each week, as well as a location for Orkila's Teen Expedition participants to stay as a part of their expeditions throughout the San Juan Islands. Twin lakes fill a very similar role, while remaining on the island, and are accessible by a 2.2-mile hike.
Bring sneakers and a jacket. Sleeping bag, pillow, towels, and toiletries.
No alcohol, drugs, or explosives.
Suggested Packing List